Level 5: Undergraduate IT and Computing

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COURSE OVERVIEW

The undergraduate Hotel and Hospitality Management course is a 120-credit course, made up of 10 level 5 modules. Each module consists of around 40-guided learning hours. All modules have an additional 30-50 learning hours of optional materials, which comprise of recommended exercises, recommended readings and Internet resources. Within the modules are self testing exercises. You must take care in answering these. Although they are not marked nor do they count towards your final assessment, the marking is tested against your scoring on the final assessment to check for consistency of score

The length of the course is typically a year long however, it is dependent upon the learner how quickly he/she is able to finish the course.

Course start dates can be any time throughout the year if the course is pursued online. Please contact college for start dates in case you need to study on campus.

Trading under the College of Birmingham,
449 Stratford Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B11 4LD, UK

OUR QUALIFICATIONS

Our management qualifications are the culmination of expert input from colleges, sector skills councils, industry professionals and our qualification development team.

We have taken advantage of the flexibility of the QCF to develop a suite of awards, certificates and diplomas that offer progression from level 4 up to level 7.

Key features of the qualifications include:

  • Core units that are common to different sectors offering the opportunity for learners to move between sectors or delay decisions as to which area to specialise in
  • Small qualifications that can be used for professional development for those in employment or for learners who do not have the time to undertake a full time programme
  • Flexible methods of assessment allowing tutors to select the most appropriate methods for their learners

ABOUT ATHE

An Ofqual regulated awarding organisation, providing QCF qualifications in management, health & social care management and travel & tourism management. ATHE are known for their excellent customer service, efficient support and flexible qualifications that offer diverse progression routes.


ENTRYREQUIREMENTS

These qualifications are designed for learners who are typically aged 18 and above. ATHE’s policy regarding access to their qualifications is that:

  • They should be available to everyone who is capable of reaching the required standards
  • They should be free from any barriers that restrict access and progression
  • There should be equal opportunities for all those wishing to access the qualifications.

Centres should review the prior qualifications and experience of each learner and consider whether they provide the necessary foundations to undertake the programme of study at level 4.

For learners with disabilities and specific needs, this review will need to take account of the support available to the learner during teaching and assessment of the qualification.

For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include one of following:

  • A GCE Advanced level profile with achievement in 2 or more subjects supported by 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above
  • Other related level 3 subjects
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved further education institute and validated by an Access Validating Agency
  • Other equivalent international qualifications

Learners must also have an appropriate standard of English to enable them to access relevant resources and complete the unit assignments. Learners may also have relevant work experience. Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include relevant work experience (paid and/or unpaid) with levels of responsibility, participation and/or achievement of relevant professional qualifications. This may be used for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

CREDIT VALUES AND RULES OF COMBINATION

The QCF is a framework, which awards credit for qualifications and units and aims to present qualifications in a way that is easy to understand and measure. There are three sizes of qualification in the QCF:

  • Award, between 1 and 12 credits
  • Certificate, between 13 and 36 credits
  • Diploma, 37 credits and above

Each unit within a qualification has a credit value and a level. The credit value specifies the number of credits that will be awarded to a learner who has achieved the learning outcomes of a unit.

The level is an indication of relative demand, complexity and depth of achievement and autonomy.

Each credit represents 10 hours of learning time. The learning time is a notional measure which indicates the amount of time a learner at the level of the unit is expected to take, on average, to complete the learning outcomes of the unit to the standard determined by the assessment criteria.

Learning time includes activities such as directed study, assessment, tutorials, mentoring and individual private study.

The credit value of the unit will remain constant in all contexts regardless of the assessment method or the mode of delivery. Learners will only be awarded credits for the successful completion of whole units.

Each unit also contains information on guided learning hours (GLH). GLH are intended to provide guidance for centres on the amount of resource needed to deliver the programme and support learners i.e. the time required for face-to-face delivery, tutorials, workshops and associated assessments. Each qualification has agreed rules of combination, which indicate the number of credits to be achieved, which units are mandatory and the choice of optional units. The rule of combination for each qualification is given below.

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Innovative Technologies in Computing
This module looks at innovative trends and disruptive advances taking place and examines the new generation of skills and knowledge that will be required to work successfully in the sector.

Computing Research Methods
This module will explore the knowledge and skills required to undertake research in this field and the qualitative and quantitative approaches required including use of literature and design of research proposals.

Software Development Methodologies
This module looks at the role of systems engineering in development of software and various models of data, software and processes using modelling approaches. 

Computing Project Planning
Creating and managing projects has changed over the years with the development of sophisticated IT Software,  this Module focuses on how being a project manager in the 80’s differs to being a project manager in today’s world.

Strategic Management Information Systems
This module is concerned with developing an understanding of the strategic role of MIS within the organisation and how it impacts on the broader objectives and strategy of the business.

Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in IT
This module explores current issues in the IT sector and how these may impact on areas of security, confidentiality, privacy and the law.

Network Design and Management
This module explores the principles of networks and network design and implementation and support of network systems.

Web Based Development
This module will explore the design, deployment and management of virtualisation and explore its commercial and potential impact. 

Cyber Security
This module will enable an understanding of the importance of digital security to business, to understand industry standards of digital security and be able to recommend improvements in security.

Advanced Databases
This module focuses on understanding database design and development includes advanced languages to analyse and query database data.  Students will research database management and critically test and evaluate databases.

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GUIDANCE ON ASSESSMENT

Each module consists of 40 guided learning hours of material with an additional 30-50 hours worth of optional materials which comprise of recommended exercises, recommended readings and internet resources. Within the modules are self-testing exercises. You must take care in answering these. Although they are not marked nor do they count towards your final assessment, the marking is tested against your scoring on the final assessment to check for consistency of score. All course material will be available to access online. Students will also be provided with recommended reading lists and be given guidance wherever needed. Online support is available for all learners. Students will be given access to the School of Business website in which they will be able to communicate with one another, and support staff, through the means of a forum.

The modules are written against prescribed learning outcomes defined by the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) administered by Ofqual, the Government appointed regulator. In addition the learning outcomes are articulated against the ATHE UK curriculum.

FEE

The fee for the ATHE level 4Hotel and Hospitality Management course is £4000. Payment can be made by credit card, debit card, bank transfer or by PayPal.

PROGRESSION

On successful completion of a Level 5 qualification in IT and Computing there are a number of progression opportunities. Learners may continue on to complete a final year in a University or embark on a career in the IT field.